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The Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) brings together professionals from the concert music community, i.e., organizations, businesses and individuals who work in the areas of creation, production, dissemination, research and education.

The CQM has four types of members: corporate, non-incorporated ensemble, individual, and associate.



Any incorporated organization (guild, company, not-for-profit, cooperative) legally constituted as a moral person is eligible for corporate membership, subject to the approval of the CQM's board of directors and provided it:

  • Operates in the music industry on a professional basis;
  • Has its headquarters in the province of Québec;
  • Falls under one of the following categories:
o specialized disseminator or producer;
o support organization or association;
o music publisher or record company;
o conservatory or university with a music faculty or department, or an affiliated school thereof;
o artist management agency.

Each corporate member may designate up to three delegates for any given year. These individuals shall have the right to vote and be eligible to sit on the board of directors. The delegates must be identified prior to the annual general assembly.

BECOMING A CORPORATE MEMBER
To join the CQM, the organization must provide the CQM the following documents:
1. A photocopy of its charter, letters of incorporation, letters patent, or any other document attesting to its legal status;
2. At least one document proving that its activities related to concert music are of a professional nature;
3. The application form duly completed, accompanied by the membership dues.
Note: Corporate membership is contingent upon the approval of the CQM's board of directors.

Download the application form



Any collective comprised of more than one performer and that is not a moral person (a joint venture or undeclared partnership*, or a limited partnership*) and whose partners act in their own name on behalf of all the partners, is eligible for non-incorporated ensemble membership, subject to the approval of the CQM's board of directors and provided it:
  • Operates in the music industry on a professional basis;
  • Is comprised of musicians, regardless of the number;
  • Is comprised exclusively of musicians who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents and who all live in Québec.
Each non-incorporated ensemble member may designate one delegate for any given year. This individual shall have the right to vote and be eligible to sit on the board of directors. The delegate must be identified prior to the annual general assembly.


* Joint venture / Undeclared partnership
A joint venture, also known as an undeclared partnership, is a partnership that is not a legal person and does not have a juridical personality, and whose partners act in their own name on behalf of all partners. The contract by which a joint venture is established may be written or verbal or may arise from facts indicating the intention to form a joint venture.

 All Québec general and limited partnerships that are not registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec (REQ) are considered joint ventures.


* Limited partnership
A limited partnership is a group of persons who come together with the aim of operating an enterprise in a collaborative manner. It is not a legal person, though it does possess certain characteristics of a legal person.
A limited partnership is created by contractual agreement and must be registered with the Registraire des entreprises du Québec.


BECOMING A NON-INCORPORATED ENSEMBLE MEMBER
To join the CQM, the ensemble must provide the CQM the following documents:
1. At least one document proving that its activities related to concert music are of a professional nature (for example, a bio of the ensemble; resumes of its members);
2. The application form duly completed, accompanied by the membership dues.

Note: Non-incorporated ensemble membership is contingent upon the approval of the CQM's board of directors.

Download the application form



Any individual—one single performer—is eligible for individual membership, provided he/she:
  • Works, or has worked, in the music industry as a professional;
  • Is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident and lives for the most part in Québec. A candidate who has lived outside Québec for the past two years or longer is not eligible, unless he/she has Québec resident status. In the latter case, he/she must demonstrate his/her eligibility by proving his/her enrollment in the Québec health insurance plan;
  • Falls under one of the following categories:
o composer;
o orchestra conductor;
o singer;
o instrument maker or craftsperson;
o researcher;
o musicologist;
o student or teacher;
o other professional working in the music industry, such as a manager, producer or promoter.

Each individual member shall have the right to vote and be eligible to sit on the board of directors.


BECOMING AN INDIVIDUAL MEMBER
To join the CQM, the individual must provide the CQM the following documents:
1. One document explaining his/her professional activities related to concert music;
2. The application form duly completed, accompanied by the membership dues. Once the CQM receives the documents, a decision is usually rendered rapidly.

Download the application form


Any group of individuals or organizations, union, or teaching establishment (elementary, high school, CÉGEP or private college, music school or music camp) interested in participating in the activities of the CQM is eligible for associate membership, subject to the approval of the CQM's board of directors and provided it:

o Works in the music industry;
o Has its headquarters in the province of Québec. Associate members may particpate in the CQM's activities and attend the member assemblies; they have no voting right, but do have a right to speak. They are not eligible to sit on the board of directors.

BECOMING AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER
To join the CQM, the group must provide the CQM the following documents:
1. A photocopy of its charter, letters of incorporation, letters patent or any other document attesting to its legal status;
2. A document describing its activities related to concert music;
3. Optionally, a list of its members;
4. The application form duly completed, accompanied by the membership dues.

 Note: Associate membership is contingent upon the approval of the CQM's board of directors.
 
Download the application form


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Payment by check or via PayPal
(see details below)

Corporate member:

Revenue below $150,000: $220
Revenue between $150,000 and $500,000: $280
Revenue between $500,000 and $1,000,000: $385
Revenue exceeding $1,000,000 : $500

Non-incorporated ensemble member:
$150

Individual member: $70

Associate member:
$125

Note: All membership dues are exempt from taxes.

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PAYMENT BY CHEQUE
Download the appropriate application form.
Fill out the form and mail it, along with your cheque.

PAYMENT VIA PAYPAL
Online application and payment via PayPal
Download the appropriate application form.
1. Fill out the application form (see above).
2. Indicate in your message the e-mail address associated with your PayPal account.
3. E-mail your application form to info@cqm.qc.ca (First-time members must mail in a paper copy bearing their signature, along with all the necessary documents.)
4. You will receive an invoice from the CQM for your membership dues.

For PayPal payments, administrative fees of 3% will be added to the dues owed.